Oral surgeons specialize in a wide variety or dental surgeries ranging from the cosmetic to the restorative to the preventative. Each one requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise to perform correctly with lasting results.
Tooth Extractions and Root Canals
There are many different reasons for a patient to have a tooth extracted. In some cases, due to trauma, the tooth can become chipped or cracked and beyond repair. In other instances, because the patient has to properly take care of their teeth allowing decay and disease to set in resulting in the need for an extraction.
The most commonly extracted teeth in the oral cavity are the wisdom teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt in the oral cavity, typically not arriving until the patient is in their late teens. In some cases, they can be impacted which means they do not erupt fully and remain partially or completely embedded in the jawbone. They need to be removed so they do not disrupt the alignment of the other teeth.
If decay gets bad enough for a single tooth, the infection can reach the interior of the tooth, infecting both the dentin and the pulp. When this happens, a root canal is necessary to remove the infection and repair the tooth.
Dental Implants and Cleft Lip
One of the most frequent of all oral surgeries, dental implants provide a great artificial tooth solution. It can be performed for either a single tooth or series of teeth and offer a permanent solution restoring lost tooth functionality and improving appearance.
A common birth defect, a cleft lip or cleft palate occurs quite frequently. It needs to be surgically repaired in order to close the opening and restore the tissue to a normal appearance and normal functionality. This is done to ensure no infection occurs.
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